One of my best friends and I are headed to Las Vegas at the end of January. We can hardly wait! Our plans include plenty of craft cocktails, pedicures and massages, incredible meals, a little casino fun, a glitzy show, and…thrift store shopping, Vegas style (hoping to score some sparkly, glam finds).
Because we are going for glitz, glam, and luxury on this trip, I’m thinking of booking our hotel stay through the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) program. This benefit is available to Platinum and Centurion cardholders, and while the hotels featured are all luxury properties, sometimes the perks included can add enough value so that your stay is a steal…or at least a really good deal.
Sure enough, the Bellagio is pricing out at $165/night for our dates. While at first glance this may not seem like a good deal, because of all of the extras and goodies included in the offer, it is a GREAT deal for us. Here’s why:
The benefits that are offered for each stay booked with the FHR program include:
- Room upgrade upon arrival, when available
- Daily continental breakfast for two
- US $100 food and beverage credit to be used during your stay
- Noon early check-in, upon availability
- 4:00 pm guaranteed late check-out
For us, what this means is that for $85 each, we will get a night at a 5-star hotel, plus breakfast, lunch and drinks. Not bad!
This benefit becomes more valuable if you are able to book more several one-night stays for the same vacation, stacking the nights back-to-back. In other words, you can book one-night stays at several different hotels in the same city. Inconvenient? Maybe a little. Personally, I like to think of it as an adventure…and I get to experience the flavor of several different hotels during one stay, which (to me, at least) is a bonus.
Simply log in to your Amex account and hover over the “Personal Travel” tab, then click “Fine Hotels and Resorts.” You will then be able to browse through their selection of hotels, which is small but highly curated.
I’m eyeing the Four Seasons as well for this trip (through FHR, of course!), but I’m hoping the rate goes down a little. It’s currently at $250/night, which is a little rich for my blood.
Has anyone found any great FHR deals recently? Where did you stay? How was it?